In the last couple of years, the next-big move for smartphone makers has been entering the TV segment. Xiaomi has done it so have Nokia, OnePlus and Motorola. However, Sony seems to have taken an off-beat path and surprised everyone by showcasing its first concept electric car. The announcement was made at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas.
The car is called Sony Vision-S (not the official name but of the platform on which it is built) is an electric concept sedan, which as many as 33 different sensor inside and outside. There are multiple widescreen displays, always-on connectivity and 360 audio technology.
According to a report by CNet, the car was built of Sony’s AI and robotics team. The car’s code name is Safety Cocoon and it has already been fully road tested. Sony while showcasing the car said that the road test was done to ensure that the car complies with all safety regulations.
Sony has also equipped the prototype car with Time of Flight sensors which can detect and also recognise people, objects that are inside or outside the car. The car has what is called autonomous driving skills at Level 2. In other words, the autonomous tech can take total control of accelerating, braking and even staring. However, the drivers needs to monitor in case the system fails.
Very few other details about the car were revealed by Sony, as per multiple reports. However, some specs that did come to light, were that it is a 4-seater car that has two 200kW engines. As per a report by Engadget, the car can go from 0-60mph in just under 5 seconds. It also boasts of a top speed of 149mph.
Do note that there’s no word on whether Sony will actually launch this car officially or sell it. It’s still a prototype or a concept car that showcases Sony’s various technologies. Having said that, you never know if a Sony car on the roads may be a reality in not-so-distant future.